The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the 196 nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass, from which the 12 participants will be selected. Included amongst the finalists are Mary Gelman, VII Photo Agency member, and Mentor Program photographers Swarat Ghosh, Hector Guerrero, Christopher Lee, Esther Ruth Mbabazi, Prin Rodriguez, and Valentina Sinis.
VII is pleased to announce the 26 participants from 12 countries selected for the 2019-20 VII Masterclass Barcelona. The second of three Masterclass sessions was completed last month in Barcelona, led by VII Masters Stefano De Luigi and Maciek Nabrdalik, and tutors Ed Kashi and Maggie Steber. Tutors Anush Babajanyan and John Stanmeyer joined the first session in September. Ron Haviv and Ilvy Njiokiktjien will join the third and final session in March 2020.
Our partner, the VII Academy, with the support of the US Embassy, is running a year-long program in fact-based writing, photography, and multimedia storytelling, drawing men and women participants from all communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to encourage and improve civic discourse.
Some of the world’s leading journalists, academics, and public intellectuals from Harvard University, Northeastern University, and VII Photo Agency will provide insight, mentoring, and training to tackle the fraught and complex issues important to the diverse communities living in Bosnia.
The program emphasizes an ethical, collaborative, and participatory approach to journalistic practice and dialogue. VII Academy Sarajevo, in partnership with the US Embassy in Sarajevo, will award several grants in the amount of $30,000 to the best BOLD project proposals in 2020.
To be eligible to apply for these grants, please register to attend the VII Academy BOLD Civic Engagement Workshop.
This year, the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop was held in Kigali, Rwanda, and was a project of our partner the VII Academy and PhotoWings. The 7-day workshop set out to inspire and educate future generations of men and women to address important issues through the medium of photography. VII’s Nichole Sobecki, Daniel Schwartz, and Ron Haviv were all part of this year’s event.
Our partner, the VII Academy, is pleased to announce the first class of the Sarajevo seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019 / 2020 dedicated to young professional photographers from the wider Balkan region. Over a period of nine months, this interdisciplinary seminar will be led by instructors and VII Photo Agency members Dr. Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic and will be complemented with a series of sessions by leading journalists, designers, writers, editors, and photographers.
The open call for the seminar starts on July 15, 2019, with a deadline of August 17, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by August 24, 2019. Free to scholarship recipients.